Effectiveness of Term Projects in Helping Students to Connect Theory with Practice: an Evaluation of Students’ Perspectives.
Education Journal
Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages: 1-6
Received: Dec. 22, 2012; Published: Jan. 10, 2013
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Israel Dunmade, Department of Environmental Science, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada
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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of term project in helping students to connect theory with practice. A term project is a hands-on assignment that require students to apply ideas, theories, concepts, or principles learned or studied in class to a new situation/real life scenario. Term projects in ENVS 4413 Principles of eco-industrial development are designed to help students connect theory with practice. The aim is to enhance students' learning of the course materials and to give them experiential knowledge of how the course materials are applied in the workplace. Students’ survey and students' reflective journals are among the data gathering methods used. They were incorporated components of the ENVS 4413 course. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used in analyzing how term project help students to connect theory with practice. The survey data was statistically analyzed to provide quantitative evidence on whether term project helps students to connect theory with practice or not. Reflective journal provided observational data for an explanation of survey findings. Data analysis showed that students found the term project helpful in connecting theory with practice. They found industrial visit to partnering companies to be the most helpful aspect of the term project. Data collection and conceptual model development were the least interesting aspect to them. It can be concluded from students' perspectives that term project is helping students to connect theory with practice. This assures the compliance of the Bachelor of Applied Environmental Science (BAES) degree program with the original program design and facilitates the success of MRU's BAES degree students.
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Problem-Based Learning, Collaborative Project-Based Learning, Environmental Education, Principles Of Eco-Industrial Development, Term Project, Applied Degree Program, Connecting Theory With Practice
To cite this article
Israel Dunmade, Effectiveness of Term Projects in Helping Students to Connect Theory with Practice: an Evaluation of Students’ Perspectives., Education Journal. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20130201.11
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